The Ministry of Water of Water and Sanitation recently hosted the first ever sanitation conference .The four-day event was officially opened by the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto.
Hon. Ruto said provision of water and sanitation services is an enabler to the improvement of the social-economic status of the populace.
“The provision of quality and sustainable water and sanitation plays a focal role in ensuring a healthy nation; if sustained, it breaks the disease-poverty cycle, contributing significantly to poverty alleviation and wealth creation agenda.” He said.
He added that sanitation sub-sector has for a long time been not given the priority and attention it deserves for better planning and investment.
“There exist a significant funding gap. We are investing over Sh80 billion in the next three years for rehabilitation and expansion of sewerage infrastructure in the country; this will in-crease access to sewerage services to about 40%.” He reiterated.
Deputy President William Ruto (3rd left), Water Cabinet Secretary, Simon Chelugui, Chief Administrative Secretary Winnie Guchu ( 4th left) and other dignitaries during the opening ceremony of Kenya Sanitation Conference at KICC in which Board Chairman, Leonard Kamba, represented the Company.
The SDG 6.2 requires that by 2030, Kenya should have achieved access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.
Members of the Young Water Professionals follow proceedings during a session to discuss the role of the youth and innovations in sanitation.
Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui called on parliament to pass enabling legislations to make water pollution punitive and expensive saying the practice poses a health risk.
The four-day conference focused on the following themes: Sanitation governance; sanitation financing; equity and inclusion in sanitation; sanitation, human and environmental health; innovation and technologies for sanitation as well as humanitarian sanitation and sanitation emergencies.
The overall objective of the forum was to provide a platform for safe, practical, scalable, sustainable and innovative solutions towards containment, collection, transportation, treatment, disposal, resource recovery and reuse of wastewater and sludge in both rural and urban settings, and in both domestic and industrial wastewater contexts.
The conference brought together both National and International stakeholders including: National and County Governments; Non-Government Organizations; Development Partners; Formal and Informal Sanitation Service Providers; Private Sector; sanitation innovators; Academic and Research institutions; Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TVETs); Property Planners and Developers; Community Based Organizations; Financial Institutions; Students; and the public.
The Company participated in the conference by showcasing innovations and strategies that has been put in place to improve sanitation services in the city. Others present included: Vice Chair Beryl Okumu and Board Members: Mo-hamed Abdirahman, Martin Mbichire, Emma Mukuhi, Karen Nyamu, Michael Mumo and Timothy Muriuki, Acting Managing Director Eng. Nahason Muguna and Corporate Affairs Manager Mbaruku Vyakweli also attended.